Shandong Province, the birth place of the highly regarded thinkers such as Confucius, Mencius and Sun Tzu, is a highly cultured northern state with a rich history of civilization. It is perceived by many as the birthplace of the traditional Chinese morality, represented by Confucianism. Therefore almost by default, the culture and the moral code of Shandong take on the Confucius values, which put large emphasis on the teachings of courtesy, humanity, etiquette and selflessness.
In light of this, Shandongnese women are said to possess many traditional virtues of a Chinese lady, who is kind, generous, reputable, reliable and hardworking, especially when it comes to managing the household, feeding the young and caring for the old, and just generally helping those in need. A typical Shandongnese woman is a lady of action, not words. She is candid, forthright, and unpretentious. When she says she’ll get something done, she really will. She despises hypocrisy, and not many Shandongnese women wear makeup, because they believe in the natural and the true. They are born civilized and graceful, even if that makes them seem a bit old-fashioned at first. They also highly value education and academic achievement, and they are not afraid to work incredibly hard to achieve these goals.
However, from a Western, or a modernized point of view, they also inherit some of the traditional Chinese mentalities that might take some getting used to. For example, often times they value family more than romance, which is regarded as risky and a source of instability; sometimes they refuse to subscribe to something new because they think they are pretentious, even if it means that they will end up with something not as good; they inherently distrust things that sound too good to be true, and they believe everything needs to be earned and deserved.